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ground. chuck hagel has faced a really ugly confirmation battle. republicans have used an unprecedented filibuster to at least slow down that confirmation. you said on filibusters that filibusters abused terribly today, especially on nominations. filibusters against nominees create a chilling effect that keeps top talent from even accepting nominations." is it time for a more comprehensive filibuster reform? >> unfortunately, i've come to that conclusion. the filibuster was used in the past but used very rarely. but it's now used as an everyday matter of course. we had 130 some motions in congress. you can't run a country that way. you can't run a government. especially with regard to the white house when you have a limited amount of time for each of these members to serve in a cabinet or high-level positionfr a year or sometimes even two years is unacceptable. we're going to have to revisit the filibuster in nominations and hopefully they'll do it before this congress. >> i agree with you, the 60-vote senate, especially as it relates to executive branch nominations is really troubling.
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of chuck hagel, he's definitely making his opinion known. >> bill: well, there are -- by the way, a contrast with elizabeth warren, for example who has really followed the model of hillary clinton al franken, keep your head down, you know, don't make a lot of noise. don't be a showboat. be a workhorse. >> they know they have the star power, an audience looking at them. they really want to keep their head down even more and work hard. >> bill: right. with ted cruz, there are two republican senators at least that i can remember, both john mccain and lindsey graham came out publicly and said that they thought ted cruz had gone over the line with some of his questioning of chuck hagel. when your own fellow republicans call you to task, does that mean anybody to a guy like ted cruz? what does he say when reporters ask him about the criticism? >> i came to washington from texas to shake things up, not necessarily follow the rules set in place in the nation's capital. he is really going to represent his conservative constituent's interest and if that means going against members of his o
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street? >> ted cruise was asking whether or not chuck hagel was some secret jihady or getting paid by the iranian government. >> that's not something he ran on, i don't believe. >> i don't think so. >> whereas, elizabeth warren is asking a simple question about when these banks have lost -- >> it could be an unfair comparison. >> it's classic media attempt to, like, find an equivalent on each side. >> her goal was to get the clip, right? i mean, her goal was to -- snoo her goal was to get the clip and raise the conversation. i'm not sure her goal was to change the dynamic so that she created -- >> for a clip? >> no. absolutely. it's a real live issue. >> you want banks to be tried? >> i think she does. i think -- i'm not saying she was grandstanding per se. i'm just saying that you get into this kind of position. ultimately you have -- there's a practical element, which is you want to go to washington and get stuff done. the question is what does this accomplish beyond this segment that we're having? >> the thing she holds is not -- she succeeded the great ted kennedy who arguably